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Clwyd Edition Spring 2012

Finding a dress for your body shape 10 Hairstyles to try

Our guide to seasonal flowers

Page 8 See the two most popular types Hi Everyone, Congratulations Bride and Groom to be, on your forthcoming wedding!!



of suit for the male wedding party with some handy hints and tips on whether to buy or rent.

Welcome to our brand new website and this fabulous magazine. Having only recently got married ourselves, we both have a pretty good idea of the stresses and traumas, trials and tribulations that comes with planning a wedding. We hope that our experiences may help to relieve some of your own stresses as you organise your big day and if you should have any question or comment we would love to hear from you, drop us a line at and we’ll do our very best to help!

Page 10 The first of our special features on flowers, whether you want to chose by colour, starsign or month of the year, we’ve go everything you need to know!

Anemones for a winter wedding?

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Page 22 The Stag Do! We wouldn't dare run the risk of telling you how to enjoy yourself so instead we’ve picked out a list of some of the most favoured suggestions for the Stag Do, with a few handy hints thrown in!

Page 25 Re-Tying the knot?

For whatever reason you may chose to renew your wedding vows, there are certain things you will need to know and guess what? We’ve put together a handy little guide to help you!

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Everyone hates doing them, they go on far too long and just WHAT are you supposed to say. Here’s Satin, Confetti & Sparkle’s guide to getting it right!

The Traditional Order for Speeches is: Bride’s Father Toasts to health and success to the bride and groom, welcomes grooms parents and other guests and talks about his daughter.

Groom Replies on behalf of himself and Bride, first thanks parents (they gave him life & good wishes for his marriage) and concludes by proposing a toast to the bridesmaids.

Bestman Responds on behalf of Bridesmaids, include amusing antidote and entertain guests.

Top Tips For a Perfect Speech: 

Limit the speech, you don’t want to lose the attention of the guests by waffling on about nothing and genuinely speak from the heart.

Use prompt cards if you’re not confident in memorising the whole speech, cards are better as don’t show the shaking hands so much. Don’t write you speech down and read it from paper word for word.

Avoid being rude, crude or sarcastic especially if older or younger people are attending

Remember speech etiquette and thank people for help (people to thank are people paying, Bridal Party, key organisers, people who have travelled long distance to be there, caterers and remember to comment on how beautiful the bride looks)

Practice is the key to delivering a successful speech

Make sure it roles easily off the tongue, this will make it easier on the day.


MEASURE RIGHT Getting the measurements right for your perfect dress just

follow these simple rules and remember to wear your shoes.

THE MEN’S WEDDING GUIDE Oh Yes, you may have popped the question and think it’s now time to sit back and do nothing, there’s certain things you still have to know to help your Bride plan the perfect Wedding Day. So here, Satin, Confetti & Sparkle offers you a little bit of help with: Male Traditional Roles Guide to speech writing Grooms jobs and responsibilities Choosing the right suit TRADITIONAL ROLES.

The Best Man           

Organises the Usher (further notes below on how to shine here) Organises stag night (not the night before the wedding please!) Keeps groom on schedule, gets him to the ceremony, checks how he’s dressed Looks after the Marriage Certificate Pays the clergyman/celebrant, musicians, photographer etc. If no ring bearer, holds the bride's ring (important!) Witnesses the signing of the Marriage Certificate Drives newlyweds to reception if no hired driver Offers a toast at the reception following his brilliantly witty speech Dances with the Maid of Honour/bridesmaid (dances only!) Looks after the couple's transportation following the reception Returns any hired items on the groom's side

The Groom  

Just has to be on time, not look shabby, and go with the flow. It's up to the bloke above to earn his title - and you get the easy speech.

The Usher(s) The following duties are for the Best Man to give to the Usher:  Distributes wedding programs and maps to the reception if applicable  Seats guests at the ceremony. The traditional way of doing this is:  For females, offer the right arm  For males, walk on his left side  For couples, offer the right arm to the female and let the male follow  Seat bride's guests in left pews and groom's guests in right pews  With a large group, seat the eldest woman first  Just prior to the procession, escort the groom's mother to her seat and then the bride's mother to hers  The usher also dances with the bridesmaids and other important guests at the reception

The Bride's Father  Helps prepare guest list  Selects clothing that complements the groom's  Rides with the bride to the ceremony  After giving the bride away, sits in the front left pew on the right of the bride's mother When the question "Who gives this bride away?" is asked, he responds on behalf of both her parents  Keep bride on schedule  Dances with the bride after the first dance  Acts as host at the reception


Planning The bride and the groom share the responsibility of wedding planning. First, the groom and bride must agree on the appropriate budget for the entire wedding. From this budget, the groom needs to organize the money into separate categories, such as cost of location, food and beverages and other services at the wedding. In addition, the groom must see eye to eye with the bride on what guests to invite as well as when the wedding will be held.

Rings Traditionally, the groom needs to purchase an engagement ring before proposing to his fiancĂŠe. After receiving acceptance, the groom is responsible for selecting wedding rings for himself and his soon-to-be wife.

Groomsmen Groomsmen include the best man and the ushers. The choice of who are to play these roles belongs to the groom. As a groom makes his selection of the groomsmen, he should understand that the best man will be in charge of protecting the wedding rings during the wedding and the marriage certificate at the end. Ushers are responsible for seating guests and escorting the bridesmaids.

Gifts Traditionally, the bride and groom exchange gifts. Choose something personal and memorable. Jewellery is a popular wedding day gift. Gifts that can be used on the honeymoon are popular as well.

Attire The groom must also decide on the wedding attire for the male participants of the wedding. This usually means choosing Morning Suits for the best man and ushers. (more about suits can be found on page XX)

Transportation Grooms must also arrange transportation to and from the wedding. Grooms must remember that the groom and bride will be leaving the wedding in a different manner than the other guests (they leave first), so grooms should organise transportation for other guests well in advance.

Rehearsal The groom and his family should organise the wedding rehearsal.

Choosing the Grooms Wedding suit is as important as finding the perfect dress for the bride, she would have done everything to ensure she looks her best and is comfortable during the day and the groom needs to do the same. There are normally two options for a traditional wedding and you can either buy or hire. Here is a handy guide to the different types of suits available:

The Morning Suit A three-piece suit including a black tailcoat, with a grey or contrasting waistcoat and pinstriped trousers. The suit is worn with a white wing collar shirt and cravat, but for those of you who might want something a little more modest you can always opt for a plain white shirt and tie. A top hat and gloves complete the outfit, but these can be optional as the top hat is carried throughout most of the day and is only worn for photographs, and the gloves are also carried rather than worn. This outfit tends to be worn for more formal weddings.

The Lounge Suit This three-piece suit allows the groom more freedom to contrast with the brides dress through their chosen waistcoat. Lounge suits are worn for more informal weddings. Traditionally all male party members would dress alike but with forever changing trends only close members of the groom’s family, the best man and the ushers now seem to wear matching suits. Just Remember to make sure the colours you choose compliment the Wedding theme/ colour and do not clash.

Make sure you go to several shops to try on the outfits (even if you are thinking of buying online. If hiring the outfit, check that it’s available in stock for all members of the wedding party that you are dressing and make sure you carefully read the terms and conditions of the hire agreement before you sign on the dotted line and take out an outfit. If the shop offers accidental damage cover on all wedding attire then take it, otherwise you will only regret it if anything should happen to the outfit on the day.


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FLOWER GUIDE If you’ve got your heart set on holding a beautiful bouquet of fresh Tulips as you walk down the aisle, there’s no point in planning a wedding in the height of summer when they’re out of season. Follow our guide to get the flowers you want: Winter Weddings December l January l February

Ranunculi Gerbera daisies Tulips Calla lilies Anemones Kangaroo paw Gloriosa lilies Chrysanthemums Roses





Spring Weddings March l April l May

Lily of the valley Peonies Tulips Hyacinths Mophead hydrangea Cherry blossom Columbine Lilac Poppy Ranunculi Rose Freesia Violet Summer Weddings June l July l August

Asiatic lily Black-eyed Susan Cosmos Delphiniums Gladioli Columbine Larkspur Pee gee hydrangea Rose

Clematis Cosmos Cockscomb Daisy Garden roses Rudbeckia Sunflower Viburnum Zinnia

Black Eyed Susan

FLOWER GUIDE Autumn Weddings September l October l November

Physalis Amaryllis Bittersweet Hydrangea Roses Sugar maple Sunflower Scabiosa Gerbera daisy Blue Wedding Flowers

Anemones Freesias Hydrangeas Hyacinths Delphiniums Statice Veronica Sea holly Nigella Sweet peas Pansies Muscari Iris Tweedia Orange Wedding Flowers

Gerberas Freesias Tulips Lilies Roses Mango calla lily Birds of paradise Sunflowers Gloriosa daisies Marguerites Chrysanthemums Spider protea Kniphofia Physalis Dahlias


Pink Wedding Flowers

Gerberas Freesias Tulips Alstroemeria Rose Calla lilies Amaryllis Stargazer lilies Lisianthus Cymbidium orchid Nerine Purple Wedding Flowers

Lisianthus Anemones Freesias Hydrangeas Hyacinths Statice Veronica Sweet peas Pansies Iris Vanda orchids Orchids Tulip Stocks Lilacs Eggplant calla lily Dahlias Scabiosa Violets


White Wedding Flowers

Lily of the valley Peonies Tulips Hyacinths Rose Freesia Calla lilies Stephanotis Lilac Amaryllis Lisianthus Stars of Bethlehem Red Wedding Flowers

Anthuriums Gerberas Freesias Tulips Alstroemeria Rose Calla lilies Amaryllis Heliconia Yellow Wedding Flowers

Freesias Tulips Lilies Rose Calla lilies Amaryllis Daffodils Sunflowers Chrysanthemums

Wedding Favours Wedding favours are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception.

Wedding favours is a very old tradition. It is believed that the first wedding favour was known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. (In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy. As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favour for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five Jordan almonds are presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy exemplify the bitter sweetness of a marriage. Wedding Favour Ideas: Lottery Tickets Love Heart Sweets Chocolate hearts Chocolate heart lollipops Silver chocolate balls Neapolitan chocolates Heart dragrees Bookmarks Candles Keying Bottle opener Wine stopper Bubbles Mint tins

Sugared Almonds

Personalised chocolate bars Homemade biscuits/ales Mini frames Miniature alcohol Matchbooks Or for that truly tradition wedding stick to the sugared almonds.

Michelle’s Top Wedding Hairstyle Up or down? The choice is yours but here’s Michelle’s ten favourite styles of the moment:

Updo Hairstyles

Down Hairstyles

In the next issue of Satin, Confetti and Sparkles Magazine you can find more Summer hairstyles for long and short hair

Something blue for luck on your big day but what? Here are our top ideas. Earrings Underwear Nail polish on your toes One small blue flower in the middle of your bouquet (so nobody can see it) Pin a blue ribbon or blue material to the underside of your dress' skirt. Piercings like a navel piercing or something, put in a blue barbell. Blue hair accessory

Your wedding day and planning should be one of the most magical times of your life, but unfortunately it does not always go that way, you can become overwhelmed and stressed. Some of these problems come from problems finding what you are looking for, money issues, problems with people trying to take over, guest and seating problems, neglecting your relationship. After a few months all the planning after the initial excitement can feel more like a burden .

Garter Charm on a bracelet Bow on your shoe My best idea is to borrow something old and blue from a friend or relative then you do all three in one! My something blue and surprise for hubby as he couldn’t have his footie theme.

The main rules to remember are:  no wedding is perfect.  you can't please everybody.  be willing to compromise.  delegate responsibility where possible.  remain calm & rational when stressed  communicate effectively (without anger).  people are unpredictable  you are not to blame for problems that your guests have.  don't be a mediator between guests.  there are some things that you cannot control.  A wedding takes a long time to plan.  A variety of emotions are normal during the planning

process.  Take time out for yourself.  Take time out for your relationship.

Want a Unique Wedding Reception? How about entertaining some of these ideas to really make your reception one to remember: Photo Booth Ice Cream Man Caricaturist Sweetshop Carnival Games Bouncy Castle for Adults Video Booth

If you find yourself turning into a “Bridezilla” take some time out, head off to your local swimming pool and enjoy a long lazy swim or sauna, or even enjoy a nice a soothing massage.

If you’re going for a really traditional wedding then it’s important to get the etiquette and wording of your invitations correct, for a more modern wedding it’s really up to you how you word things but make sure you keep things uniform (Eg if you’ve used the date 20th December 2012 in one place, then don't use 20.12.12 in another! About a year before the wedding or as soon as you choose the date send all your guests a Save The Day card, this allows plenty of time for people to make arrangements at work or travel arrangements. About 6 weeks before the wedding date send out the invitation or 8 weeks to out of town guests, people will already be expecting them so it is confirmation of ceremony and venue details and an indication of what to expect. RSVP, you can either add your own RSVP card and self addressed envelope for replies, now days people use phones and emails or even a wedding website to receive their RSVP’s. Remember to ask for a response by a set date normally at least 2 weeks before the wedding day. Invitations should have times, dates and days spelt out in words. Do not use punctuation at the end of lines, abbreviations should not be used (i.e Sarah Jessica Evans not Sara J Evans), Street and Avenue should not be shortened to St or Ave. Invitations should be written in third person phrasing You shouldn’t mention gifts on the invitation as you should not expect anything from your guests other than their presence. Points To Remember  Name of parent(s), host(s) or sponsors  Day/Date (spelled out - e.g. Saturday, the twenty-fifth of May)  Does the day definitely correspond with the event date? (check a calendar)  Year (two thousand and twelve)  Time (at six o'clock in the evening)  Name of Place (St Luke’s Church)  Name of bride and groom (Miss J Smith and Mr F Bloggs)  Location of Place (city but no post code - street address is optional)

Ask a friend (or two) to proof read your invitation.

Styles: Traditional invitation - Brides parents as hosts Mr & Mrs Lewis request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane to Harvey John Williams son of Mr & Mrs Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Both Sets of Parents Hosting the Wedding Mr. & Mrs. Lewis and Mr. & Mrs. Williams request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of Hollie-Jane to Harvey John at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) Bride's parents separated or divorced (but still sharing the same name) Mr. Jeremy Lewis and Mrs. Jane Lewis request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane to Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) A divorced parent with their spouse/bride’s step parent Jane & Tom Brown request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of Jane Brown's daughter Hollie-Jane Lewis to Mr. Harvey John Williams son of Mr & Mrs Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) Jointly hosted by divorced parents Mr Lewis and Mrs Brown request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane Lewis to Mr. Harvey John Williams son of Mr & Mrs Williams at (time) on (date, month, year ) at (venue) Bride's parents divorced, mother remarried hosting wedding together Mr. Jeremy Lewis and Mrs. David Cox request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane to Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Bride's parents divorced, mother absent or deceased, father remarried Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Lewis request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of his daughter Holli-Jane to Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) Bride's father absent or deceased, mother remarried Mr. & Mrs. David Cox request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter Holli-Jane Lewis to Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) Bride's mother widowed, not remarried Mrs Jane Lewis requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter Hollie-Jane to Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) Bride's father as host Mr Jeremy Lewis requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of his daughter Hollie-Jane to Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) Bride and Groom Hosting Their Own Wedding Miss (or Ms) Hollie-Jane Lewis and Mr. Harvey John Williams request the pleasure of your company at their marriage at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue) For a simple wedding at a register office Mr and Mrs Jeremy Lewis Request the pleasure of your company At the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane to Mr Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Michelle & Toni’s Theme Ideas It’s your wedding day so already it’s going to be a day to remember but if you want to make it even more memorable for your guests, why not have a theme and let everyone get dressed up and join in: Our Favourite Wedding Themes.

Colour Themes




Black and Silver


Black and White


Pink & Green

Hawaii Retro/Art Deco Christmas Winter Wonderland Valentines Vegas Hollywood Black Tie Fairy Tale Football Garden Party Beach Holiday Film Sweets Glamour 60’s 70’s Flowers

(spring) Yellow White Red Silver / Gold Orange, Pink & Green Baby Blue & Silver Hot Pink Burgundy Neutral Tones Purple Pale Pink & Silver

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If you’re getting married in church but not altogether “religious”, you may find it a bit daunting when the vicar asks you “So, what hymns are you having?” Never fear, rather than simply go for the one or two hymns you might actually know from your primary school days, here is a list of the most popular wedding hymns. Settle down with a cuppa iTunes open in another window so you can listen to a snippet of each hymn and see if there are some that might just be more appropriate for your own personal journey to marriage

All Creatures Of Our God And King

How Welcome Was The Call

The Lord's My Shepherd

All People That On Earth Do Dwell

I Vow To Thee My Country

The Wedding Song

All Things Bright And Beautiful

I watch the sunrise

To God Be The Glory

Amazing Grace

I’ll count my blessings

Voice That Breathed O’er Eden

And Can It Be That I Should Gain

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

We Plough The Fields And Scatter

And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times

23rd Psalm

When there’s love at home

As Man And Woman We Were Made


Wedding Song

Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring Jesus Stand Among Us Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us Lord, Who At Cana’s Wedding Feast Love Came Down At Christmas Love Divine All Love Excelling

Along with finding the right Hymn, you may also be interested in seeing our suggestions for other wedding music: Entrance of the Bride Canon in D - J Pachelbel The Prince of Denmark's March - J Clarke (trumpet and strings)

At The Name Of Jesus

Now Thank We All Our God

Be Our Chief Guest, Lord

O Father All Creating

By Vows Of Love Together Bound

O God Of Love, To Thee We Bow

Eternal source of light divine - GF Handel (soprano, trumpet and strings)

Can you count the stars

O Jesus I Have Promised

Air on the G String - JS Bach

Come To A Wedding

O Love Divine And Golden

Morning - E Grieg

Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

O Perfect Love

Signing of the Register

Father Hear The Prayer We Offer

O Thou Who gavest power to love

Dôme épais - L Delibes

For The Beauty Of The Earth

O Worship The King

Chanson de matin – E Elgar

From homes of quiet peace

O blessèd home where man and wife

Give Me Joy In My Heart

O Christian home

Give Me Oil in My Lamp Keep Me Burning

O happy home

Largo ma non tanto, from Concerto in D minor for Two Violins – JS Bach

Glory To Thee, O Lord

O Praise Ye The Lord!

Minuet - L Boccherini

God of All Living

Our Father, Thou In Heaven Above

The Recessional

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

Peace, Perfect Peace

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – F Mendelssohn

Happy the home

Praise To The Lord The Almighty

Heav’nly Father, send Thy blessing

Since Jesus Freely Did Appear

How Great Thou Art

The King Of Love My Shepherd Is

Air, from The Water Music - GF Handel

Nella fantasia – E Morricone O mio babbino caro - G Puccini

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – GF Handel Trumpet Tune in D – H Purcell Allegro, from Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G – JS Bach

For those getting married in a Register Office or other non religious location, you may find that you aren't allowed to have religious Hymns for your wedding. Here instead is our list of favourite love song which you may want to have playing when you walk down the aisle. These songs are also ideal for the First Dance at your reception. Our recommended song is Love of my Life by Darla Day, check it out on You Tube!

All My life' - Kci & Jojo

‘Over The Rainbow' - Eva Cassidy

‘Amazed' - Lonestar

‘Rule The World’ - Take That

‘Angels' - Robbie Williams

‘She' - Elvis Costello

‘Can't Help Falling In Love' - Elvis Presley

‘She's The One' - Robbie Williams

‘Can't Take My Eyes Off You' - Andy Williams

‘Show Me Heaven' - Maria McKee

‘Close To You' - Carpenters

‘Stand By Me' - Ben E King

‘Crazy For You' - Madonna

‘The Scientist' - Coldplay

‘Endless Love' - Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie

‘Three Times A Lady' - Commodores

‘Eternal Flame' - The Bangles

‘Truly Madly Deeply' - Savage Garden

‘Every Breath You Take' - The Police

‘Unchained Melody' - The Righteous Brothers

‘Evergreen' - Will Young

‘Unforgettable' - Nat King Cole

‘Everything I Do' - Brian Adams

‘Up Where We Belong' - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

‘Fly Me To The Moon' - Frank Sinatra

‘What A Wonderful World' - Louis Armstrong

‘From This Moment On' - Shania Twain

‘When A Man Loves A Woman' - Percy Sledge

‘Get Here' - Oleta Adams

‘When You Say Nothing At All' - Ronan Keating

‘Groovy Kind Of Love' - Phil Collins

‘Wonderful Tonight' - Eric Clapton

‘Have I Told You Lately?' - Rod Stewart

‘Wonderwall' - Oasis

‘Hero' - Enrique Iglesias

‘Yellow' - Coldplay

‘How Deep Is Your Love' - Take That

‘You're Beautiful' - James Blunt

‘I Just Can't Stop Loving You' - Michael Jackson

‘Your Song' - Elton John

‘In My Life' - The Beatles

‘You Do Something To Me' - Paul Weller

‘It Had To Be You' - Harry Connick Jr ‘I Will Always Love You' - Whitney Houston ‘Let There Be Love' - Frank Sinatra ‘Love Is All Around' - Wet Wet Wet ‘Love Me Tender' - Elvis Presley ‘Move Closer' - Phyllis Nelson ‘More Than Words' - Extreme ‘My Girl' - Temptations


The Thing the groom probably gets most enthusiastic about is the STAG DO! Woo Hoo Lads time! A stag do can be fun & memorable but its best to be planned and organised, traditionally by the Best Man, and best done a number of weeks PRIOR to the wedding, just incase!

Some Tips To Remember Are: Pick a date but be flexible you want as many of your guest to come as possible. Remember people have budgets, maybe find out what they can afford or are willing to pay first. Our Stag Do Ideas. Paintballing, Go Karting, Assault Course, Race Day, Horse/ Dog Races, Go Abroad (lads holiday), Surfing, Sky diving Experience day, Football match, 5 a side tournament, Boozy do (most popular), Comedy Show, Skiing / snowboarding Curry House, Archery, Laser Tag, Shooting, Casino, Quad Biking

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TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS Most Brides-to-be are aware of the old superstition: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue but for those who want a little more to remember, there are some other traditions and superstitions to be aware of ‌.. Ever wonder why we throw confetti at the happy couple? It’s an ancient fertility rite. Handfuls of grain or nuts were traditionally thrown because they are 'life-giving' seeds. In some European countries, eggs are thrown instead. Months to Marry - there are two versions: Married when the year is new, He'll be loving, kind and true. When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate. If you wed when March winds blow, Joy and sorrow both you'll know. Marry in April when you can, Joy for maiden and the man. Marry in the month of May and you'll surely rue the day. Marry when the June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go. Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bread. Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see. Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine. If in October you do marry Love will come, but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, Only joys will come, Remember When December's snows fall fast, Marry and true love will last. Married in January's roar and rime, Widowed you'll be before your prime. Married in February's sleepy weather, Life you'll tread in time together.

On the way to the Church: On the way to the church It is fortunate for a bride to meet a lamb, a dove, a spider, or a black cat on her way to church: but a pig or funeral are bad omens, and country brides fear the crowing of a cock after dawn of the wedding day. It is also fortunate that if on the journey to the church the bride sees a policeman, clergyman, doctor or a blind man. The groom should give a coin to the first person he sees on his journey to the church for good luck.

Married when March winds shrill and roar, Your home will lie on a distant shore. Married 'neath April's changeful skies, A chequered path before you lies. Married when bees o'er May blossoms flit, Strangers around your board will sit. Married in month of roses June, Life will be one long honeymoon.

Days of the Week to Marry

Married in July with flowers ablaze, Bitter-sweet memories in after days.

Monday for wealth,

Married in August's heat and drowse, Lover and friend in your chosen spouse.

Tuesday for health,

Married in September's golden glow, Smooth and serene your life will go.

Wednesday the best day of all,

Married when leaves in October thin, Toil and hardships for you begin.

Thursday for losses,

Married in veils of November mist, Fortune your wedding ring has kissed.

Friday for crosses,

Married in days of December's cheer, Loves star shines bright from year to year.

Saturday for no luck at all

The Wedding Cake was originally lots of little wheat cakes that were broken over the Bride's head to bestow good luck and fertility. Today's three tier Wedding Cake is based on the unusual shape of the spire of Saint Bride's Church in London. Traditionally the newly-weds should make the first cut to signify sharing their life. Every guest than eats a crumb to ensure good luck. And sleeping with a piece

Dress Colour: Married in: White, you have chosen right Grey, you will go far away,

under her pillow is said to make a single woman dream of her future husband

Black, you will wish yourself back,


Green, ashamed to be seen,

The Groom is supposed to wear a flower that appears in the Bridal Bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady's colours, as a declaration of his love. Each flower has its own meaning and can display a special message. Orange Blossom, for instance, signifies chastity, purity and loveliness, while red chrysanthemum means " I love you "

Red, you will wish yourself dead, Blue, you will always be true, Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Brown, you will live in the town, Pink, you spirit will sink.

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Did you know, lilies are popular wedding flowers but if you have cat, beware, the lily is poisonous to our feline friends and cause serious illness or even death .

Capricorn – Carnation

Aquarius – Orchid

Pisces – Water Lily

Aries – Honeysuckle

Taurus – Poppy

Gemini – Lavender

Cancer – Accanthus

Leo – Sunflower

Virgo – Morning Glory

Libra – Rose

Month Flowers January – Carnation / Snowdrop February - Violet, Begonia or Primrose March - Jonquil, Daffodil or Chrysanthemum April - Sweet Pea, Daisy or Freesia May - Lily of the Valley, Hawthorne or Lily June - Rose or Honeysuckle July - Larkspur, Water Lily or Sunflower August - Poppy or Gladiolus September - Pansy, Aster or Morning Glory October -Magnolia, Calendula, Cosmos or Hops November - Orchid, Chrysanthemum December - Hibiscus, Narcissus or Holly

Scorpio – Chrysanthemum Sagittarius – Narcissus

Renewing Your Vows Vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows, either their original vows to each other, their years together or to renew their commitment to one another. More and more couples are choosing to renew their vows. These ceremonies are for couples who are married or in a Civil partnership.

The ceremony can be an opportunity to celebrate a special anniversary, such as the tenth or twenty-fifth, but this doesn’t always have to be why it can be just to celebrate an anniversary. For other couples it helps to confirm their commitment to each other or for many it is just a personal statement of their love for each other Wedding Rings and can be a reason to a party or celebrate a special Birthday. Renewing your vows can be just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their lives together. It may be particularly relevant to those who have been through a tough time or rocky patch, which has put a strain on their relationship and now wish to have love and commitment renewed, a fresh start. Another reason is if the original wedding took place abroad and now you would like to share this day with people that could not make it to the original Wedding. The couple could repeat their exact vows they used when they were abroad or they can choose new ones. Whilst this ceremony has no legal effect it is a public statement by a couple of their continuing affection, love and commitment to each other.

What happens at a Renewal of Vows Ceremony? The ceremony content will be chosen by you from a number of choices and just as no two couples are the same, so no two ceremonies to renew vows will ever be the same. As you make your selections, you will be creating a Unique event that the two of you will create magical memories. It is a good idea to take time and think carefully about the options that are appropriate and have meaning for you both. You may also want to include your own ideas e.g. original vows, readings from guests or even poetry or a special song. The special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony; your children, guests who were at the original ceremony and particular friends and relatives. You may also choose to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate for the event. The ceremony can be either formal or informal and can contain the following choices :          

Introduction and welcome A special acknowledgement to your children Give new rings or give your original rings again Renewal of Vows Readings and/or poetry Messages from guests, who may have read at the original ceremony (often the Best Man, Bridesmaids or family member) Special music Witnesses signing original or new ones Closing words

The length of the ceremony will be dependent upon the choices that the Couple have made. The ceremony will be conducted by a Celebrant.

Renewal of Vows Ceremony Venues? Possible venues for you vow renewal that has been approved by the county council to conduct these ceremonies. These can include castles, stately homes, town and country hotels, wild animal parks, Civic halls and gazebos. On nice/warmer days ceremonies may also be held in gardens attached to these venues. Renewal ceremonies can also take place at the local Registration Offices in your County and there are many offices in main towns across any county,

Body Shapes

Hourglass - In this shape bust and hip are significantly large with narrow waist resembling the shape of an hourglass. Dress to wear – two piece, Corset, sweetheart, A line with dropped waist, bodice and if more curvaceous try a Mermaid or Trumpet Avoid – Empire Line, silhouettes and ball gowns

Apple Shape - broad(er) shoulders compared to their (narrower) hips (full breast, bit of tummy, rounder bums and hips) Dresses to wear – Empire line, ball gown, A line with drop waist Avoid – Princess Line, Basque, Sheath and avoid spaghetti straps.

Pear Shape – smaller on top than on bottom Dresses to wear – Princess, strapless ball gown and Empire Line. Avoid – Trumpet, Mermaid and Sheaths.

Slim Brides – ballerina types Dresses to wear – Sheath, Fitted with high neck line, ball gown with fitted bodice & full skirt. Avoid off the shoulder, Halter neck and Portrait.

Petite Brides – 5” 1 & under Dresses to wear – simple, sheath and narrow A line Avoid – Ball gowns and Mermaids

Tall Brides – catwalk model Dresses to wear – can carry off most styles, A line and Mermaid are ideal Avoid – Empire Line See Opposite Page for more details on these dress types:

Necklines Off the shoulder – shows off collarbones & shoulders. Good for ample chests. Not good for broad shoulders or fuller arms. Halter neck – straps around the neck. Good for great shoulders. Not good for broad or narrow shoulders or brides who need bra support. Bateau Neckline – wide neck follows collar bone & boost bust Good for bony or flat chested brides. Avoid if busty bride as will over emphases Illusion High- good for bony collarbone brides. Fits snug against neckline, choker effect normally lace or chiffon. Formal and sexy. Scoop Neckline – u shaped neckline can be low cut. Good style for every bride. Strappy – Narrow straps that g over shoulders. Young Fresh sophisticated. Good for well-toned arms but avoid if Very Busty Bride Square Neckline – cuts straight across the chest with straps. Good for bigger busts, low but not revealing. Good for most people Portrait – wide soft scoop from shoulder tips shows neckline off great for brides with good collar bones. Avoid if have undefined or bony collar bones. Strapless – straight across with notch or side peaks cut. Good for broad or thick shoulders. Avoid if have a smaller chest. Sweetheart – low cut, heart shaped. Accentuates the décolletage. Good for serious cleavage but not good for brides who struggle with décolletage.

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To look your very best of your special day, the shape of your wedding dress really should be decided by your body shape. See opposite page for an idea of what you should and shouldn't be wearing and don't forget to see page XX for a useful article on how to measure right if doing it yourself!


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